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  • The Divine Office: Christ is our head, and the wise man keeps his eyes upon him

    02/24/2014 6:14:43 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/24/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    A sermon on Ecclesiastes by St Gregory of Nyssa We shall be blessed with clear vision if we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, for he, as Paul teaches, is our head, and there is in him no shadow of evil. Saint Paul himself and all who have reached the same heights of sanctity had their eyes fixed on Christ, and so have all who live and move and have their being in him. As no darkness can be seen by anyone surrounded by light, so no trivialities can capture the attention of anyone who has his eyes on Christ....
  • The Divine Office: The Wisdom of God has mixed wine for us and set up a feast

    02/19/2014 6:07:00 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/19/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    The commentary on Proverbs by Procopius of Gaza Wisdom has built herself a house. God the Father’s Power, himself a person, has fashioned as his dwelling-place the whole world, in which he lives by his activity; and has fashioned man also, who was created to resemble God’s own image and likeness and has a nature which is partly seen and partly hidden from our eyes. And she has set up seven pillars. To man, who was made in the image of Christ when the rest of creation was completed, Wisdom gave the seven gifts of the Spirit to enable him...
  • The Divine Office: On the search for wisdom

    02/17/2014 8:36:25 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    the Examiner ^ | 2/17/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot Let us work for the food which does not perish – our salvation. Let us work in the vineyard of the Lord to earn our daily wage in the wisdom which says: Those who work in me will not sin. Christ tells us: The field is the world. Let us work in it and dig up wisdom, its hidden treasure, a treasure we all look for and want to obtain. If you are looking for it, really look. Be converted and come. Converted from what? From your own wilfulness. “But,” you may say,...
  • The Divine Office: The pre-eminence of love

    02/15/2014 8:22:30 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/15/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a sermon by Blessed Isaac of Stella, abbot Why, my brethren, are we so little concerned with finding opportunities to advance each other’s salvation, responding to greater need with greater help and bearing each other’s burdens? This is what St Paul advised: Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ – or, again, forbearing each other in love. For that is most definitely the law of Christ. When I notice something wrong in my brother that cannot be corrected – either because it is inevitable or because it comes from some weakness of his in body...
  • The Divine Office: St. Cyril

    02/14/2014 6:26:23 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/14/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From an Old Slavonic Life of Constantine Constantine, already burdened by many hardships, became ill. At one point during his extended illness, he experienced a vision of God and began to sing this verse: “My spirit rejoiced and my heart exulted because they told me we shall go into the house of the Lord.” Afterward he remained dressed in the vestments that were to be venerated later, and rejoiced for an entire day, saying: “From now on, I am not the servant of the emperor or of any man on earth, but of almighty God alone. Before, I was dead,...
  • The Divine Office: Abraham's Sacrifice

    02/11/2014 5:48:33 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 3 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/11/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    Origen's homilies on Genesis Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, loaded it on Isaac, and carried in his own hands the fire and the knife. Then the two of them set out together. Isaac himself carries the wood for his own holocaust: this is a figure of Christ. For Christ carried the burden of the cross himself, and yet to carry the wood for the holocaust is really the duty of the priest. So Christ is then both victim and priest. This is the meaning of the expression: they set out together. For when Abraham, who was to...
  • The Divine Office: Saint Scholastica

    02/10/2014 7:58:05 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 4 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/10/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From the books of Dialogues by Saint Gregory the Great, pope Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate. One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; they spent the whole day praising God and talking of sacred things. As night fell they had supper together. Their spiritual conversation went on and the hour grew late....
  • The Divine Office: The hearts and minds of all believers were one

    02/03/2014 7:54:02 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 7 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/3/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a treatise on the psalms by Saint Hilary of Poitiers Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell in unity! It is good and pleasant for brothers to dwell in unity, because when they do so their association creates the assembly of the Church. The term “brothers” describes the bond of affection arising from their singleness of purpose. We read that when the apostles first preached, the chief instruction they gave lay in this saying: The hearts and minds of all believers were one. So it is fitting for the people of God to be brothers...
  • The Divine Office: The mystery of death

    02/01/2014 10:47:47 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 10 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/1/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world of the Second Vatican Council In the face of death the enigma of human existence reaches its climax. Man is not only the victim of pain and the progressive deterioration of his body; he is also, and more deeply, tormented by the fear of final extinction. But the instinctive judgement of his heart is right when he shrinks from, and rejects, the idea of a total collapse and definitive end of his own person. He carries within him the seed of eternity, which cannot be reduced to matter alone,...
  • The Divine Office: Love the Lord and walk in his ways

    01/30/2014 7:06:04 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/30/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a sermon by John the Serene, bishop The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? How great was that servant who knew how he was given light, whence it came, and what sort of man he was when he was favoured by that light. The light he saw was not that which fades at dusk, but the light which no eye has seen. Souls brightened by this light do not fall into sin or stumble on vice. Our Lord said: Walk while you have the light in you. What other light did he mean but...
  • The Divine Office: The Cross exemplifies every virtue

    01/28/2014 7:56:33 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/28/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a conference by Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: in the first place, as a remedy for sin, and secondly, as an example of how to act. It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on account of our sins, we have found relief through the passion of Christ. Yet, it is no less an example, for the passion of Christ completely suffices to fashion our lives. Whoever wishes...
  • The Divine Office: Christ lives for ever to make intercession for us

    01/23/2014 10:34:26 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 3 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/23/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a letter by Fulgentius of Ruspe, bishop Notice, at the conclusion of our prayer we never say, “through the Holy Spirit,” but rather, “through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.” Through the mystery of the Incarnation, Jesus Christ became man, the mediator of God and man. He is a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. By shedding his own blood he entered once and for all into the Holy Places. He did not enter a place made by human hands, a mere type of the true one; but, he entered heaven itself, where he is at...
  • The Divine Office: Agnes' twin martyrdom

    01/21/2014 7:04:30 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner
    The Examiner ^ | January 21, 2014 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a treatise On Virgins by Saint Ambrose, bishop Today is the birthday of a virgin; let us imitate her purity. It is the birthday of a martyr; let us offer ourselves in sacrifice. It is the birthday of Saint Agnes, who is said to have suffered martyrdom at the age of twelve. The cruelty that did not spare her youth shows all the more clearly the power of faith in finding one so young to bear it witness. There was little or no room in that small body for a wound. Though she could scarcely receive the blow, she...
  • BBC: Second Vespers from the London Oratory for the Feast of St. Andrew [In Latin]

    12/02/2011 7:07:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 2+ views
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | Shawn Tribe
    BBC: Second Vespers from the London Oratory for the Feast of St. Andrew by Shawn Tribe Readers will no doubt be interested to know that BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong programme broadcast Second Vespers for the Feast of St Andrew today from the London Oratory. Here is the programme summary: Weds 30th Nov 2011 (rpt Sun 4th Dec 2011) London Oratory- Choral Vespers Organ Prelude: Intonazione octavo tono (Giovanni Gabrieli) Invitatory: Deus in adjutorium meum (Victoria) Antiphons & Psalms: 110, 113, 116, 126, 117 (Victoria) Hymn: Exsultet orbis gaudiis (Victoria) Antiphon: Cum pervenisset (Plainsong) Canticle: Magnificat primi toni (Victoria) Antiphon...
  • The Divine Office: The mystery of Christ in us and in the Church

    11/18/2011 3:12:59 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 3 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/18/2011 | Joe Speranzella SFO
    The treatise of St John Eudes on the kingdom of Jesus We must strive to follow and fulfil in ourselves the various stages of Christ’s plan as well as his mysteries, and frequently beg him to bring them to completion in us and in the whole Church. For the mysteries of Jesus are not yet completely perfected and fulfilled. They are complete, indeed, in the person of Jesus, but not in us, who are his members, nor in the Church, which is his mystical body. The Son of God wills to give us a share in his mysteries and somehow...
  • The Divine Office: Elizabeth recognised and loved Christ in the poor

    11/17/2011 3:27:23 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/12/2011 | Joe Speranzella SFO
    From a letter of Conrad of Marburg, Saint Elizabeth's spiritual director From this time onward Elizabeth’s goodness greatly increased. She was a lifelong friend of the poor and gave herself entirely to relieving the hungry. She ordered that one of her castles should be converted into a hospital in which she gathered many of the weak and feeble. She generously gave alms to all who were in need, not only in that place but in all the territories of her husband’s empire. She spent all her own revenue from her husband’s four principalities, and finally she sold her luxurious’ possessions...
  • Pope Benedict: Everyone should pray the psalms, Liturgy of the Hours (Catholic Caucus)

    11/16/2011 10:05:35 AM PST · by sayuncledave · 10 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | November 16, 2011 | Father John Zuhlsdorf
    Pope Benedict during his Wednesday Audience said: “I would like to renew my call to everyone to pray the Psalms, to become accustomed to using the Liturgy of the Hours, Lauds, Vespers, and Compline.” From VIS: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 PRAYING THE PSALMS ENRICHES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD VATICAN CITY, 16 NOV 2011 (VIS) – During today’s general audience in St Peter’s Square, attended by over 11,000 pilgrims, the Holy Father imparted the final catechesis of his cycle dedicated to the Psalms. He focused on Psalm 110, which “Jesus Himself cited, and which the authors of the New Testament referred...
  • The Divine Office: The heart of the just man will rejoice in the Lord

    11/16/2011 5:40:50 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 2 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/16/2011 | Joe Speranzella SFO
    From a sermon by Saint Augustine The just man will rejoice in the Lord and put his hope in him; the hearts of all good men will be filled with joy. We must surely have sung these words with our hearts as well as with our voices. Indeed, the tongue of the Christian expresses his deepest feelings when it addresses such words to God. The just man will rejoice, not in the world, but in the Lord. Light has dawned for the just, Scripture says in another place, and joy for the upright of heart. Were you wondering what reason...
  • The Divine Office: Behold, your king is coming to you, the Holy One, the Savior

    11/15/2011 5:36:35 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/15/2011 | Joe Speranzella SFO
    A discourse by St Andrew of Crete Let us say to Christ: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel. Let us hold before him like palm branches those final words inscribed above the cross. Let us show him honour, not with olive branches but with the splendour of merciful deeds to one another. Let us spread the thoughts and desires of our hearts under his feet like garments, so that entering us with the whole of his being, he may draw the whole of our being into himself and place the whole...
  • The Divine Office: Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death

    11/14/2011 6:32:37 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/14/2011 | Joe Speranzella SFO
    The treatise of St Fulgentius of Ruspe on the forgiveness of sins In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye as the final trumpet sounds, for the trumpet shall indeed sound, the dead shall rise incorruptible and we shall be changed. In saying “we,” Paul is indicating that the gift of that future change will also be given to those who during their time on earth are united to him and his companions by upright lives within the communion of the Church. He hints at the nature of the change when he says: This corruptible body must put on...